WiSE Women Recognized at 2009 "Remarkable Women" Awards Ceremony
On Wednesday, March 4, at the Davidson Conference Center, four WiSE-affiliated women were honored among 12 other USC women faculty, staff, and students for their contributions to the USC community as part of the Seventh Annual "Remarkable Women Awards", sponsored by The Office of Campus Activities and the Women's Student Assembly. Among the award winners were undergraduate student, Lisa Werth, Electrical Engineering Professor, Urbashi Mitra, WiSE Program Manager, Nicole Hawkes, and Postdoctoral Fellow, Sarah Sabatinos.
Faculty, staff and students nominated the awardees, and the recipients were chosen based on achievements in their respective fields, significant contributions to USC, commitment to students, commitment to women's issues, community involvement, leadership accomplishments and professional recognition and honors.
Lisa Werth is a USC Junior, double majoring in Biological Sciences and Spanish. She is a member of the Baccalaureate MD program and an active member of her sorority, Alpha Phi. She serves as Treasurer on the executive board of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the premed fraternity, is a founding member of the Pink Ribbon Club, is a Supplemental Instruction leader for BISC 221 (freshmen biology), and continues to work on weekends and summers at Bank of America as a teller. Werth also served 3 semesters volunteering through Trojan Health Volunteers and worked as a tutor for athletes at for Student Athlete Academic Services. During the summer of 2007, she worked as a paid intern at the Alfred Mann Foundation, a biomedical research organization, where she served as assistant to the pre-clinical director. Werth will graduate in May 2010, and is currently preparing to apply to medical school.
Urbashi Mitra is a Professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, where she is also a member of the Communication Sciences Institute. Her research centers on the development and analysis of algorithms for wireless communication systems including underwater acoustic communications, multi-hopped systems, wireless body area networks for health, joint sensing and communication, ultrawideband communciations and sensor networks. Mitra also serves as the chair of the WiSE Committee for the Viterbi School of Engineering.
Dr. Sarah Sabatinos is a Postdoctoral Fellows working in the Lab of Professor Susan Forsburg, in the USC Molecular and Computational Biology Program. Sabatinos received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and her research centers on the mechanisms of DNA damage response during meiosis with broad relevance to birth defects and cancer. She is a founder and leader of the WiSE Postdoctoral Network at USC and is active in science outreach to young women and girls.
Nicole Hawkes is the Manager of the WiSE Program in the Office of the Provost at USC since 2006. Hawkes works with students, faculty, and administration to support the activities of women in science and engineering on campus. She helps to develop and administer WiSE funding programs, organizes professional development and outreach opportunities, and serves as a resource for WiSE networking groups across science and engineering disciplines. Hawkes also serves as the Manager for USC's internal academic program review process, which conducts in-depth reviews of all graduate degree granting programs across the University to ensure excellence and to assist with academic planning.
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